Robert Glasper Trio. Grammy-winning jazz, R&B, hip-hop pianist Glasper returns to town, this time fronting his genre-splicing threesome for the first time in five years. Also on the bill: Sax player and singer Kenneth Whalum and Spank, the jazz trio led by well-traveled North Philly drummer George “Spanky” McCurdy. Sunday at Ardmore Music Hall.
Wilco, A.M and Being There. Reissues of the first two albums by the Jeff Tweedy-led great American band, released in 1995 and 1996 after the songwriter split with Jay Farrar, his alt-country partner in Uncle Tupelo. A.M. is the simple, joyful charmer; Being There the reacher that gave birth to the ambitious band of the next two decades. Both sets are loaded with outtakes, and the Being There box includes a 1996 live show from Los Angeles.
Japanese Breakfast chopsticks. The utensils come in blue and pink for $8 from the merch store of Michelle Zauner, the Philadelphia-based Korean American songwriter whose Soft Sounds from Another Planet was one of the best albums of 2017. Cool “Diving Woman” T-shirt available, too. Available at Hello Merch.
The Jam, 1977. Five-CD box that celebrates the 40th anniversary of the British punk trio fronted by Paul Weller who were overshadowed by the Clash and Sex Pistols in the U.S. Includes In the City and This is the Modern World, the two albums the band released that year, plus loads of ephemera.
Billie Holiday, The Decca Singles, Vol. 1: 1945-1949 and Vol. 2: 1949-1951, and Classic Lady Day. The woman whom critic Leonard Feather called “the most sensuous, the most moving voice jazz has ever known” in the latter stages of her career. The first two Decca sets are single-volume hits collections; Classic Lady Day is a vinyl set collecting five albums released in the half decade before the Philadelphia-born singer’s death in 1959.